Sustainable infrared heating solutions
AHT-Netherlands is a worldwide supplier of infrared heating systems, including intelligent control systems, for a wide range of applications. The infrared technology is based on extremely thin and advanced metal ribbons with a unique amorphous molecular structure. Indoor it is applied in homes, offices, hotels, churches, mosques, monuments, outdoor applications include (road) infrastructure, airports, roofs, sports fields and the agricultural world. With the AHT infrared technology, electric heating can be achieved very effectively and efficiently, with savings of up to 40% compared to traditional (electrical) and hydraulic heating systems. Infrared heating provides significantly better thermal comfort, reacts very quickly and makes it possible to heat individual parts in the same room separately.
The Dutch government has decided to shut down the natural gas crane by 2030 at the latest and new homes and residential areas will no longer automatically have a gas connection. The alternative will be an 'all-electric' residential environment where this fossil fuel is replaced by sustainably generated electricity. Electric infrared heating therefore fits seamlessly into this strategy because it offers a completely CO2-neutral solution. In terms of costs, operating and heat comfort, heating with infrared is the alternative to expensive, complex and interference-prone (hybrid) heat pumps. Infrared heating also fits in well with the transition to a circular economy as the infrared mats are modular, have no maintenance and can be used again and again.
The AHT infrared heating technology is based on a patented amorphous metal alloy, also referred to as metal glass. An amorphous heating element is produced by cooling the molten alloy very quickly (at a rate of about 1,000,000 degrees / sec). This is done by pouring the molten metal alloy onto a rapidly rotating copper drum. Because clotting occurs so quickly, it loses the normal crystalline structure and a solid with an amorphous molecular structure is formed.
The homogenous, non-limiting structure of amorphous metal alloys offers unique mechanical, anti-corrosion, wear-resistant and magnetic properties and is therefore in many ways better than ordinary crystalline metals. Once the ribbons are connected to an electrical circuit, ranging from 12 to 600 volts (AC or DC), it becomes a professional infrared heating system that is far more effective than ordinary heating wires.
The infrared heating product consists of a very thin ribbon, only 25/1000 m thick (25 μm), made with a width of up to 10 cm. The AHT infrared heating technology is primarily a comfortable way of heating because it radiates people and objects instead of heating air. Moreover, it is a safe heat source because the electromagnetic field is negligibly small and therefore harmless for both humans and animals. Finally, it reacts very quickly and can be controlled with a wall thermostat or smart phone or tablet (wifi/RF-based).
The patented heating technology with amorphous metals was originally developed in space research at the university of Tel Aviv.
The unique AHT outdoor infrared heating ribbon is a proven heating technology that has been used successfully for decades in a large number of different projects around the world. Applications include roads, cycle paths, bridges, tunnels, runways, logistics centers, driveways and parking lots, train, tram and metro platforms, level crossings, bus stops, ramps, stairs, pedestrian crossings, routes for the visually impaired, roofs and gutters (including de-icing of photovoltaic panels), agriculture (greenhouses, cultivation of crops in open fields), breeding farms (piglets, young calves) and all kinds of sports fields (e.g. football, hockey, tennis, beach volleyball). Our global engineering consultancy will be happy to advise you on the potential of this technology for your specific projects.
AHT-Netherlands is part of a multi disciplinary team of companies, including Sweco Nederland en Reef Infra, that carries out large outdoor infrastructural projects.
The unique infrared technology is also available for indoor in the form of flexible heating mats in various sizes. A proven technology that is already being used in all possible applications in various projects around the world. For example, the infrared heating mats can be installed under any type of floor finish, such as carpet, laminate, wooden floors, linoleum, PVC, wicker mats, etc. But also in the wall, for example behind stucco, in loam walls or just behind a finishing panel or paneling. Our global engineering consultancy will be happy to advise you on the potential of this technology for your specific projects
The AHT infrared technology is also available in plug-and-play heating panels in various sizes. They provide a warm and comfortable environment in a quick and efficient way without the risk of overheating. All this at a fraction of the electrical input compared to other heating systems. In addition, a negative ion generation ensures a dust-free and powerful antibacterial effect and thus improves air quality. With only 2 cm thickness, the panels can be easily installed and becoming a part of the interior (wall or ceiling). Standard the panels are made of off-white, if desired the panels can also be provided with a color print. We also offer portable infrared panels (on an stand) for e.g. workplaces, workshops and sports studio’s. An absolute novelty is our acoustic panels, in which the infrared heating is integrated. These are also available in different sizes and with a print of your choice. Our sales team is happy to advise you about our range.
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Extensive tests by renowned test institutes have shown that the AHT infrared technology in greenhouses can save up to 60% energy compared to traditional tube heating systems. In addition, the system reacts much faster and a temperature can be created within a narrow bandwidth. This completely fossil-free method of heating also leads to a shortening of the cultivation time of up to 4 weeks, in addition, there is more production per m2 of greenhouse surface (better developed plants). Substantial early growth can be achieved by application in the cold soil.
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Production and installation
The amorphous metal ribbons are produced in the USA. In our factory in Brasov (Romania) qualified personnel, using high quality machines, use these ribbons to produce plug-and-play infrared mats with waterproof electrical connections. The high-quality mats are periodically tested by independent test institutions, as such AHT has all the necessary certificates to apply this technology worldwide.
We deliver to both business customers and consumers. Our products are only applied by skilled personnel, for this purpose we have dozens of installers, geographically spread across the Netherlands, who are all trained to apply the AHT technology in a responsible and safe manner. So there is always a branch near you where you can go for your installation. However, AHT Netherlands supplies worldwide, also providing installers in other parts of the world with products as well as with advice and instruction on how to install the technology.
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In addition to the business market, with our infrared heating products we also serve the consumer market. If you provide us with a floor plan of your home (or specific areas that you wish to have heated), whether or not supported with photo material, we can advise you about the possibilities (without any obligation). We can also draw up a laying plan for you, which not only shows the configuration of the infrared mats, but we also calculate for you how much power the system uses and what this means for your electric grid-connection. Furthermore, we can advise you with regard to your floor construction (underfloor insulation and floor finish). Should your local contractor, electrician and / or supplier of your floor system have any questions regarding the infrared heating, we will also be happy to help.
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AHT in the news!
RTL-Z’s television program ‘doe Maar Duurzaam’ recently aired a short film on national Dutch television focussing on AHT’s unique amorphous infrared heating technology as a sustainable alternative for natural gas heating. Watch the video below.
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In a sustainable world where energy conservation and renewable energy are becoming increasingly important, AHT's infrared heating technology is a perfect solution. For installers, this heating technology therefore offers new market opportunities that contribute to a better competitive position. If you are interested in installing this unique energy efficient heating system, indoor or outdoor, please let us know using the contact form below and become part of our team.